Whats your opinion on the book starship troopers, by heinlein. One of the most strikingly dated things about the book is the treatment of female characters, along with ricos general viewpoints on women. Science fiction weekly a book that continues to resonate and influence to this day, and one whose popularity and luster hasnt been dimmed despite decades of imitations. Starship troopers moved onto my nightstand a couple of days ago. Its an ode to the military combat and action using big robots against nasty aliens. The lead character is john rico, a member of the military elite mi, the mobile infantry which is a combination of marines, airborne and special forces, and is the main strike arm of the terran federation. Starship troopers is a 1997 american satirical military science fiction action film directed by paul verhoeven and written by edward neumeier.
Heinlein takes place in the future as humanity fights against the bugs. The newly announced reboot is said to be more faithful to robert a. Heinleins starship troopers, by many considered one of the allfather texts of military science fiction, should be reprinted. Man, i accomplished straightup nothing over the last fortnight or so. I wasnt around at the time, but unless i miss my guess, troopers was the first sf novel in which military life was depicted in a manner believable to readers who had actually served. Starship troopers is a political essay as well as a novel. He was unapologetically a literary prostitute in this era, but managed to work into that a hint of flavor of what he was really about. Nothing even hinting of this is in the book heinleins book. Starship troopers is a science fiction novel by robert a heinlein. The first time i read this book, many years ago, i felt remarkably little about it. Starship troopers is a classic scifi novel based in the future. I read it to the point of memorization when i was in grade school.
If at all possible, i know that i would certainly want to see it switched out. Why starship troopers may be too controversial to adapt. Whats your opinion on the book starship troopers, by. I have a feeling i might already know the answer here, but ive heard that the movie starship troopers is really bad though people love it so much both because its so bad and in spite of that. Im not sure who moderates this website or whatever, but i think the original 1959 first issue cover would fit the book a lot better than the practical smut that adorns the cover now. I enjoyed the philosophical meanderings about duty, citizenship and such, even though i did not agree to many of them like corporal punishment etc. The society certainly had fascistic attributes from an academic sense. Praise for starship troopers nothing has come along that can match it. The idea of 20th century fascism was a state that existed for its own purpose, in which its citizens were generally a faceless mass. Critics reassess starship troopers as a misunderstood.
Reviews home columns fiction by title fiction by author nonfiction movies by title movies by rating audio games. Starship troopers by robert heinlein abebooks passion for books. It is both bizarre and resonant that, in the same year donald trump has declared he is going to create a space force for planet earth, robert a. It was first published in book form in 1959, but appeared prior as a twopart series in the magazine of fantasy and science fiction. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading starship troopers. For that, if nothing else, the movie deserves a little credit. In the hugo awardwinning novel by science fiction master robert a. Print word pdf take our free starship troopers quiz below, with 25 multiple choice questions that help you.
The coed military, with mixedsex showers and such, sounds more like something from joe haldemans only decent book, the forever war, which was a sort of attack on heinleins starship troopers. Starship troopers, the movie, often manages to capture what starship troopers, the book, feels like to a reader who doesnt buy heinleins utopia, namely militaristic propaganda intermingled with blithely dismissed horror. It originally came from an unrelated script called bug hunt at outpost nine, but eventually licensed the name starship troopers from the science fiction novel by robert a. How important is the technical description in chapter 7 of starship troopers by robert a.
The book of starship troopers was inspiring and phenomenally good. And the 1960 hugo winner has its problems but thats probably why its a classic. This study guide consists of approximately 53 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of starship troopers. Starship troopers is one of robert heinleins most famous books, and one of the most famously controversial in sf. In the starship troopers movie, what remains of robert a. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of starship troopers by robert a. The movie of starship troopers had nothing in common with the book except for the title and the heros last name. One of the most misunderstood movies ever the scifi films selfaware satire went unrecognized by critics when it came out 16 years ago.
Historians debate whether to call the conflict that arises after rico finishes basic training third or. Starring casper van dien as johnny rico, dina meyer as dizzy flores, denise richards as carmen ibanez, jake. Whats the difference between starship troopers the book. In the movie the mobile infantry is a part of the terran army with males soldiers equipped with powered armored suits that completely enclose their bodies giving them high strength, mobility and endurance. Starship troopers novel starship troopers wiki fandom. Heinlein wrote starship troopers at the height of the cold war in response to a group calling for the reduction of nuclear weapons. Starship troopers kindle edition by heinlein, robert a download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. What is the theme of the book starship troopers by robert. The story begins with him aboard the roger young, he is performing a raid against the skinnies which are a race allied with the bugs. The story is presented in the form of a memoir by johnny ringo, who provides a thoughtful and honest account of his time in the mobile infantry and his involvement in the war against the bugs. Heinlein manages to be both forwardlooking and endearingly chivalrous. Additionally, because robert heinleins novel ended up being more thought provoking than plot driven, this post will resemble a. It is written is a first person narrative from a young recruit johnny rico. Starship troopers is the novel that started everything that has to be with supersoldiers, aliens, power suites and heroism.
Starship troopers is a subtle and insidiously subversive movie that proved frighteningly prescient in the wake of post911 uberpatriotism. Starship troopers is a heavyhitting philosophical treatise set on the backdrop of intergalactic war between future humans and an unknowable insectlike alien race. Starship troopers is a military science fiction novel by american writer robert a. This is a partial list of characters in the novel starship troopers. I always have a nightstand book, and it tends to be something ive read before. Starship troopers is a military science fiction novel by u. For fans of the book, starship troopers to discuss political concepts of crime, punishment and war. I call it a kiddie movie not to be insulting, but to be accurate. Its action, characters and values are pitched at 11yearold sciencefiction fans. Starship troopers is perfect and therein lies the problem. It was plain that the society of starship troopers is, on balance, more free than ours today. The skinnies army book starship troopers mon see more like this s p o n s d w o 6 r q u e 7 b q 7 e d robert heinlein pb, lot of 8, assignment in eternity to starship troopers, adven.
The original version of starship troopers is so much more than its big screen counter part. But what makes starship troopers such an important book is its pioneering approach to dramatizing military themes in an sf context. Im not going to dance around the fact that a lot of the novels ideas about personal responsibility and sacrifice for the great good rub me the wrong way. Written by edward neumeier from the book by robert a.
He hated communism and he felt the only way to stop the communists was with nuclear weapons. Large portions of the book take place in classrooms, with rico and other characters engaged in debates with their history and moral philosophy teachers, who are often thought to be speaking in heinleins voice. An amazingly well written book that stands up over the years. While praying for a remake movie to be made in the near future. Ill read a few pages while my wife does her prebed puttering. Starcraft, warhammer, halo, gears of war, even contra are sons of starship troopers, even the gentilic terran was taken from this novel. The book manages to be remarkably prescient for a book authored in 1959, although it is also a book of its times. Starship troopers the book was not rahs masterpiece by any means it was intended and sold as pulp scifi to grab a teen market and make a quick buck, as many of his works were. How did verhoeven manage to ruin starship troopers so. It is a lot more like enders game than the film version of starship troopers. Both heinleins book and verhoevens film are valid and interesting political statements at opposite ends of the spectrum. Starship troopers is a movie about war, yet verhoeven manages, with a deft hand, to display admiration for the military at times while. Starship troopers is told in a narrative format that uses various flashback sequences to help flesh out the narrator and protagonist johnny rico.516 797 824 834 977 36 180 1308 739 709 1296 383 285 453 1610 266 821 1046 1181 1497 1585 732 1190 359 500 384 602 850 1180 768 978 336 1401 1165 449 433